It’s an undying spirit that defines and unites us as Americans.
They came to America in a time of prosperity, when working-class immigrants could assimilate and thrive alongside Americans whose families had been here for generations.
When I was born, in the early 1970s, the median income for families like mine, with a few kids and parents with only high-school degrees, was nearly two and a half times the poverty line.
And if hardworking Americans don’t have stable jobs that pay enough to buy a home and raise a family, our nation is in very serious trouble. In the process, the discussion absolves government and business of any responsibility for creating an economy that exists to benefit working Americans.
Offering workers retraining and career education is a big part of the answer to our current dilemma.
But constantly scrambling to keep up with the ever-shifting forces of globalization and automation is not the American dream.